V8 Ute Racing driver Cam Wilson has broken the world record today (Wednesday, 18th February) for the longest distance travelled in a Go Kart in 24hours at his Slideways Gold Coast Karting Centre all in the name of Huntington’s disease.
Wilson began his journey with five teammates Dan Tuite, Tim Harris, Danial Goddard, Chris Hinton and Nathan Roach at 12pm yesterday and drove 774km (4,868 laps) to set the record for “Karting – Greatest distance travelled in 24 hours indoors (Team)”.
The average lap time was 17.72 seconds with the record set in the final hour (11am – 12noon), achieving more than 50kms than the previous target.
More than $12,500 has been raised for Huntingtons Queensland with donations still beingcollected via https://give.everydayhero.com/au/slideways-go-karting-gold-coast with the team hoping to raise $48,000.
Cam said the 24 hour drive was challenging, however, the attempt ran smoothly.
“I’m very proud of the team for their efforts and I’m stoked to share this success with them on this occasion,” he said.
“The attempt ran very smoothly with the go kart running faultlessly. Our changes between drivers were under three seconds, and each driver drove in 30 minutes stints with excellent and consistent lap times.”
Huntingtons Queensland provided ongoing support to the Wilson family over the 10 years following Murray’s (Wilson’s dad) diagnosis, and Cam is determined to give back as much as he can. Cam’s first overnight marathon record attempt in February 2014 saw him cover a total 604km at Slideways Go Karting Brisbane.
“Claiming a second world record is a bonus knowing the difference the money we raise will make to the lives of Queensland families coping with the detrimental effects of Huntington’s disease,” he said.
“The 24 hour record attempt is physically gruelling and an enormous challenge but equates to nothing compared to what is experienced by those diagnosed with the condition.”
The challenge was also a good warm-up to the V8 Ute driver who will take the track at Round 1 of the 2015 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series next week at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
“I certainly got the eye in now it’s a lot of laps and a lot of concentration around here to make sure you’re right on, I can’t wait til Clipsal I love the track, I have a fresh new team and approach for this year, so bring it on, it’s going to be a great year,” said Wilson.